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Go to www.times.co.nz/photos and click on your chosen image for ordering details. www.times.co.nz/photos ONCE again the All Blacks have demonstrated their amazing char- acter with another Houdini escape act in their 29-28 Brisbane rugby triumph over Australia. However, the game exposed serious weak- nesses that will need to be fixed if they are to defend their world crown next year with confidence. Chief among them is their work at the breakdown, where Michael Hooper and the Wallabies’ for- wards reigned supreme in domi- nating possession and territory for so long. That is a weakness the giant England pack will also be eager to exploit during the upcoming northern hemisphere tour after too many All Blacks showed signs of weariness from a long, energy- sapping home season. Furthermore, coach Steve Hansen needs to rethink the wis- dom of having ponderous props carrying the ball up as first receiv- ers from rucks when quicker men like Dane Coles, Kieran Read and Liam Messam offer greater speed of hand and foot in providing a better link between forwards and backs. Once again the remarkable Richie McCaw defied his age by topping the tackle count and inspiring his team to victory despite being 10 points adrift with 10 minutes to go and Patrick Tuip- ulotu in the sin bin. Read already has a huge work- load as the team’s most successful lineout jumper and penetrative forward. And it was his clever offload that once again produced a winger’s try, this time for Cory Jane. Given more chances, Bernard Foley cleverly ignited the Austral- ian backs with beautifully directed passes which would have brought greater reward for danger men Israel Folau and Tevita Kuridrani but for Conrad Smith’s marvellous tackling. With less ball to work with, the gifted Beauden Barrett created few chances for his outsides. He is still not the playmaker Dan Carter and Aaron Cruden are, although how long the brittle Carter lasts on tour remains a moot point. With the New Zealand backs unable to make incisive breaks against a tight defence, the absence of a game-breaker like Ben Smith was glaringly apparent after full- back Israel Dagg failed to make any impact. Coach Hansen’s faith in his reserve bench was rewarded with big efforts from Sam Cane and Charlie Faumuina and Colin Slade’s wide-angled conversion of Malakai Fekitoa’s try. With Sonny Bill Williams return- ing, Fekitoa’s game time could be limited on tour but he can reflect on a remarkable season which gave him his first exposure at Super 12 and international level. Having returned from injury, we wait in hope that Charles Piutau can enjoy as successful a tour as he did last year as he puts heat on Jane for the right wing test spot, provided Ben Smith is returned to fullback. Meanwhile, with brave Tas- man having ended Canterbury’s remarkable six-year reign as pre- mier provincial champions, their final clash against impressive Taranaki at New Plymouth on Sat- urday should be absorbing. Marty Banks’ boot and James Lowe’s electrifying running are the icing on the cake for a Tasman side that has a great team ethic. But there is also much to like about a Taranaki team which has rugged Blade Thompson and pow- erful Fijian centre Seta Tamani- valu playing dynamic rugby. Although next year’s World Cup may be a little early given the glut of midfield talent available, Tamaniva- lu’s speed and fast hands mark him as a future All Black of tremendous potential. Brave Houdini has flaws Brave Houdini has flaws Agnew’s Angle AUCKLAND Football’s women’s team have a perfect record at their Highland Park home ground in 2014. In round two of New Zealand Football’s Women’s League on Sunday, Auckland defeated South 3-0 at William Green Domain, to back up their 2-1 victory over Capital in the season opener at the same venue. “Our first half I thought was much better than last week,” says coach Richard Wilson. “We managed to get in behind the opposition back four and we worked on that all week so we’re really happy.” The home side led 1-0 at half- time through a goal to captain Emily Cooper. Football Fern Evie Millyn, a former Howick College pupil, added a second just after the break, and Sam Muirhead came off the bench to score in the 86th minute. Auckland are third on the stand- ings due to an inferior goal dif- ference to fellow unbeaten teams Waikato-Bay of Plenty and leaders Mainland. Wilson is confident his team can keep up the solid start to the com- petition in their first away match against Waikato-Bay of Plenty in Cambridge this Sunday. “We’ll need to be prepared, but if we carry on the way we’re going, we’ll be able to score goals,” he says. “We can improve defensively, but we’ve only conceded one goal so far, so we’re confident about going down there. “We just have to deal well with the travel.” WILLIAM GREEN STOMPING GROUND Former Howick College pupil Evie Millyn scored in Auckland’s 3-0 win over South in NZ Football’s Women’s League on Sunday. Photo supplied / JLSPhotographs.com GOLF Benefits for casual play A NEW Zealand Golf initiative is making it easier for intermittent players to keep tabs on their scores and monitor their progress. By registering for free at golf.co.nz, casual players can return scorecards; will receive a My Golf ID number and profile where they can view their scores online; and be given an average score indicator. When viewing scores online, players will be able to see the course played, date and score. If they decide to step up to become a member of a golf club, features such as slope and course rating will become available. They will also be given a handicap straight away based on their previous scores. Similarly, the average score indicator does not take into account the par of a course or its difficulty, but is a handy way for players new or returning to golf to track their improvements and challenge their mates. The scheme started last month, and the second phase will allow participants to access the LOVE Golf Play platform to book tee times and purchase green fee vouchers. To sign up as a casual golfer, go online to golf.co.nz. Registering before the end of this month will put you into the draw to win Love Golf prize packs.
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